So far, we have discussed who I believe are the top three quarterbacks and running backs in this draft. In this post, we are going to talk about who I believe are the top three receivers going into the 2020 NFL Draft.
3. Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty
Some people on Draft Day are not going to know who this guy is. Antonio Gandy-Golden, out of Liberty University, is one of the most entertaining receivers in next year’s draft. In the two years he has played for the Flames, he has amassed over a thousand yards receiving in both seasons, and he is one touchdown away from having back to back ten touchdown seasons. Not to mention, the quarterback play has been horrible, so it is impressive to see these types of numbers.
So what is so great about him? This guy can catch the 50/50 ball. He has no problem going up and fighting for the grab. Also, he does an excellent job of setting himself up to be in a good position whenever he comes down with the ball. He makes it easy for himself to come down with the ball and then quickly get upfield. I like this kid, and I feel he has the potential to go in the first round easily.
2. CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
CeeDee Lamb out of the University of Oklahoma will be one of the more coveted receivers going into the upcoming Draft. So far this season, he is one yard away from hitting the one thousand yard mark in back to back years. Lamb has also reached 14 receiving touchdowns on the year.
Needless to say, he benefits from a mobile QB who can extend plays. Last year he had Kyler Murray, and this year he has Jalen Hurts. Lamb is a pretty phenomenal route runner who can use his quick feet to create separation on his routes. Not to mention, he is pretty good when he gets the ball in his hands as well. Expect Lamb to go off the boards early in the Draft. Possibly in the top 15 picks.
1. Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
Jerry Jeudy, out of Alabama, is my favorite receiver in this draft. Should he declare, I think he easily is the first receiver off the board. Jeudy really put himself on the map last year by having a 1,300 receiving yard year plus 14 receiving touchdowns.
Jeudy’s stats have fallen off this year, but I believe that it can be attributed to the increase of phenomenal receivers that Bama is pumping out. Three of their receivers can go in the first two rounds if not all in the first. This season Jeudy is close to reaching 1,000 yards receiving, and he is a touchdown away from ten touchdowns on the season. Jeudy is one of the best route runners I have seen. He does a great job of selling his routes, which allows him to get space for the QB to throw even in tight spots. Route running is worth a lot more than the 40-yard dash in the NFL.
Who will fall?
One of the most hyped prospects going into the 2019 college football season was Laviska Shenault out of Colorado. This guy had a phenomenal 2018 season where he had over 1,000 yards receiving, but then his season came to an abrupt halt with a foot injury.
This season he has struggled to have the same success that he had last season. Often because Colorado doesn’t have that many weapons, so he often gets singled out and limited. Because of the fall-off in production, along with durability concerns, Shenault could drop in this draft to the second round. To me, he is not impressive to watch. He has a limited route tree, and he shows no creativity to get open. Shenault is not first-round worthy.
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